Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sounds Good - Rode Microphones

Always looking to produce higher quality YouTube videos on Wawhiker's Backpacking Channel, we are working to better the overall sound of the videos. A way to improve audio quality is through the use of external microphones.

Rode Microphones offer a line of alternatives to the onboard mics found on cameras and camcorders. We picked-up two of their's - the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro and the Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre shock mounting.

To reduce wind noise, both microphones were outfitted with the available (I don't like these names) the Rode Dead Cat and Dead Kitten artificial fur windshields.

So far, we like what we are hearing, and you will too, very soon on Wawhiker Backpacking.

Here are the specs and links for each microphone.

Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro

Specs include:
Broadcast recording quality on-camera microphone
Matched pair 1/2” condenser capsules in XY stereo configuration
Ultra lightweight, compact form factor
On mic power and EQ controls
Two step High Pass Filter (flat, 75Hz)
Three position level control (-10dB, 0, +20dB)
9V battery powered - over 100 hours use (alkaline)
Integrated shock mounting
Integrated foam windscreen
3.5mm stereo mini-jack output
Billeted metal camera shoe mount with 3/8” thread for easy boompole mounting

Rode VideoMic with Rycote Lyre shock mounting

Specs include:
Studio recording quality
Condenser microphone
Super-cardioid polar pattern
9V battery power
Integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting
Two step High Pass Filter (Flat/80Hz)
Three step PAD (0, -10, -20dB)
Rugged reinforced ABS construction
Windshield included
3.5mm mini-jack output
Integrated cold-shoe mount (3/8” thread)

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